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Pac-12 announces early-season TV schedule

The season is just around the corner. Even if you may not feel that way, television executives certainly do.

ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Networks combined to announce the Pac-12's early-season TV schedule on Wednesday. All told, 43 of the Pac-12's 92 football games have already found television homes. Not bad for May 28.

Before we go any further, a few notes:

- The Pac-12's TV partners are ESPN (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and the like), Fox (and its cable sibling, Fox Sports 1) and, obviously, the Pac-12 Networks. That means any CBS Sports Network or NBC games are Pac-12 away games owned by the home team.

- For those of you scratching your heads at just what the heck Fox Sports 1 is, don't worry, it's already on your channel guide. The Speed Network is being rebranded as an all-sports Fox Sports 1, the newest competitor to ESPN, in mid-August. 

- Washington State at Auburn remains the only Pac-12 opening-week game without a broadcast home. That game is owned by the SEC's television package.

- The conference is making a significant investment into Thursday and Friday nights. Of the 15 weeks between Labor Day and Championship Saturday, only six go by without some sort of weeknight affair. 

- Speaking of investments, Pac-12 Networks have already claimed two Oregon games (Sept. 28 vs. Cal and Oct. 5 at Colorado) well ahead of the conference's other partners in hopes that the Ducks will help any cable or satellite holdouts (read: DirecTV) succumb to fan demand. 

- With a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff, Pac-12 Thursday night games on Fox Sports 1 will effectively serve as the back-end of a doubleheader, following ESPN's Thursday night game. 

- The Pacific time zone is a double-edged sword. Cal and Arizona State host Northwestern and Wisconsin in what will be 9:30 p.m. kickoffs on the visitors' body clocks. On the other side of the coin is Stanford, who heads to West Point for a 9 a.m. PT kick on Sept. 14.

- We mentioned this in January when the schedule was originally announced, but bravo to the Pac-12 schedule makers for not making us choose between Oregon-Stanford and LSU-Alabama. 

- For the first time in its three-year history, the Pac-12 Championship moves from Friday to Saturday and from Fox to ESPN.

- All times Pacific. 

Here is what we know at this point:

Thursday, Aug. 29
Utah State at Utah - 5 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
USC at Hawaii - 8 p.m. - CBS Sports Network

Friday, Aug. 30
Northern Arizona at Arizona - 7 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks

Saturday, Aug. 31
Nicholls State at Oregon - 1 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
Eastern Washington at Oregon State - 3 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Boise State at Washington - 7 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
Nevada at UCLA - 7 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Northwestern at California - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN2

Sunday, Sept. 1
Colorado State vs. Colorado (in Denver) - 3 p.m. - CBS Sports Network

Thursday, Sept. 5
Sacramento State at Arizona State - 7 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks

Saturday, Sept. 7
Weber State at Utah - 11 a.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Oregon at Virginia - 12:30 p.m. - ABC/ESPN2
Portland State at California - 2 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Central Arkansas at Colorado - 5 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Hawaii at Oregon State - 5 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Arizona at UNLV - 7:30 p.m. - CBS Sports Network
Washington State at USC - 7:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
San Jose State at Stanford - 8 p.m. - Pac-12 Networks

Saturday, Sept. 14
Stanford at Army - 9 a.m. - CBS Sports Network
Fresno State at Colorado - 11 a.m. - Pac-12 Networks
Tennessee at Oregon - 12:30 p.m. - ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Washington vs. Illinois (in Chicago) - 3 p.m. - Big Ten Network
Ohio State at California - 4 p.m. - Fox
Oregon State at Utah - 7 p.m. - Fox Sports 1
Wisconsin at Arizona State - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN or ESPN2
UTSA at Arizona - TBD - Pac-12 Networks
Boston College at USC - TBD - Pac-12 Networks
Southern Utah at Washington State - TBD - Pac-12 Networks

Saturday, Sept. 21
Oregon State at San Diego State - 4:30 p.m. - CBS Sports Network

Saturday, Sept. 28
California at Oregon - TBD - Pac-12 Networks

Thursday, Oct. 3
UCLA at Utah - 7 p.m. - Fox Sports 1

Saturday, Oct. 5
Arizona State vs. Notre Dame (in Arlington, Texas) - 4:30 p.m. - NBC
Oregon at Colorado - TBD - Pac-12 Networks

Thursday, Oct. 10
Arizona at USC - 7:30 p.m. - Fox Sports 1

Saturday, Oct. 19
USC at Notre Dame - 4:30 p.m. - NBC

Thursday, Oct. 31
Arizona State at Washington State - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN

Friday, Nov. 1
USC at Oregon State - 6 p.m. - ESPN2

Thursday, Nov. 7
Oregon at Stanford - 6 p.m. - ESPN

Friday, Nov. 15
Washington at UCLA - 6 p.m. - ESPN2

Friday, Nov. 29
Washington State at Washington - 12:30 p.m. - Fox
Oregon State at Oregon - 4 p.m. - Fox Sports 1

Saturday, Nov. 30
Notre Dame at Stanford - TBD - Fox/Fox Sports 1

Saturday, Dec. 7 
Pac-12 Championship - 4:45 or 5 p.m. - ABC or ESPN 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.